Hello everybody. It is Thanksgiving Day, one of those rare days during the year when soccer goes on the backburner and there are no major games to watch.
American soccer fans have plenty to be thankful for, from a thriving Major League Soccer to a continuously growing number of soccer TV viewing options. The U.S. national team continues to build toward 2014, while new soccer stadiums continue to pop up around the country.
What will I give thanks for from a soccer standpoint this year? Here are some things that came to my mind this morning:
The SBI readers who make my job worthwhile
The success that many former SBI staff members are enjoying in the soccer media world
The SBI redesign that finally happened
Montreal’s arrival to MLS
The opening of BBVA Compass Stadium
My first Seattle Sounders/Portland Timbers match
The chance to experience road World Cup qualifying in Guatemala and Jamaica
The brilliance of players like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Falcao, Xavi, Iniesta, Ibrahimovic, Aguero, etc.
The emergence of beIN Sport
My family for being understanding about all the trips I take and all the soccer I watch.
These are just some of the things I’m grateful for when it comes to 2012. I’m sure I could make this list twice as long.
Now it’s your turn. What will you be giving thanks for as a soccer fan today?
Share yours below (And have a Happy Thanksgiving).